One building at a time
The John and Grace Allen Administration Building and Welcome Center (ADM) is one of the original buildings on campus. The first three buildings on the USF Tampa campus, the Administration Building, Chemistry Building, and the University Center.
USF was the first university in the state of Florida to have air conditioned buildings. Some of the 932 students attending classes in the summer of 1961 said the reason they were enrolled in summer school was because of the air-conditioned classrooms. My father toured USF in 1960. However, at that time, USF lacked a formal Library, causing his father(my grandfather) to dismiss USF as a serious institution. My father ended up getting his law degree down the road at Stetson University.
Today, the building is still the heart of the campus. It currently is home for the Office of the President and the Provost.
General Council provides legal support to the University. Legal aid is also available to students, but that is provides by Student Government, not General Council.
The Cashiers office and Controllers Office collect and disburse the Universities monies.
Communications and Marketing maintain the USF website along with all other forms of official communication, including press releases, publications, & photography. They also produce the awesome iUSF mobile app that was recently released.
The Welcome Center is one of the first places incoming students will be introduced to. All tours of campus originate here.
At the front of the building is a pair of ceramic mosaics. These are the first Public Art commission for USF.
The open air courtyard features tropical foliage and two fountains that frame the Seal of the University. Plenty of seating is available for quiet study or enjoying your lunch.
There’s something classic about this building that I really like. It’s old and run down, horribly leaky and inefficient, but it has a Florida charm all of it’s own. A lot of my (ok, my father’s) money flowed in and out of the doors of the Cashiers office while I was earning my degree. I suppose a lot more money flows OUT of the Controllers office back to me now that I work at USF. Hmmmm…